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Metro Council moving forward with Sunset Laws, 41 have been acted on two remain under review

Wednesday November 21, 2007

For Immediate release:
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622
             Stephen Haag 574-1204/645-1752

When January 2007 began there were 41 laws which required action by the Metro Council or those laws would have gone off the books.

After a thorough review by Council committees, action has been taken on 41 of the Sunset laws. The remainder are under review in various Council committees.

“As the end of the year approaches, we are very near our goal,” says Metro Council President Rick Blackwell (D) 12. “Only two chapters remain in committee to be re-enacted before setting December 31, 2007.”

“The committee chairs have responded to this large undertaking. I am confident the Metro Council will complete its responsibility to review all ordinances on time”, says Councilman Kelly Downard (D) 16. He chairs the Government Administration Committee which has been coordinating the sunset effort.

When the governments of the old City of Louisville and Jefferson Fiscal Court merged, the law required that the new Metro Council review and update all of the laws of the two former governments.

“We have been monitoring the progress and I am hopeful that the remaining two chapters will be completed by the first meeting in December. The committee review of those items is well underway,” says Blackwell.

When merged government began in January 2003, there were 78 Chapters of old law to be reviewed. The Jefferson County Attorney’s Office is responsible for reviewing all aspects of the old laws. Laws that were considered outdated or not applicable over time were recommended for changes. Any law not acted upon by December 31, 2007 would go off the books.

During the Metro Council review, a few of the chapters were split into separate sections thus the 41 chapter increased to 43.

Rick blackwell (D) 12
Kelly Downard (R) 16